Published February 28, 2018

Abdominoplasty: What Does a Tummy Tuck Cost with Dr Tavakoli?

Putting your mind at rest, and answering all your questions regarding a tummy tuck procedure in Australia

If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of a tummy tuck, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Australians opt to have an abdominoplasty procedure, more popularly known as a tummy tuck. In fact, in 2017, it was found that tummy tuck procedures had risen to become the fourth most popular plastic surgery procedure in Australia. Don’t bet against abdominoplasty rising further up the list either; 2017’s figures showed that many women are turning away from the traditionally more popular breast implant and liposuction options in favour of tummy tucks.

But what about the cost of a tummy tuck? How much will the process set you back? Answering this question is difficult. Each procedure is different. Each patient is different. Each desired outcome or result is different. As such, the cost of a tummy tuck procedure can vary significantly. However, most tummy tuck operations are priced at between $20,000 to $30,000, with a fee of about $25,000 quoted as the average cost for 2017. This also does not take into account insurance coverage. Some insurance policies will help you to cover at least part of the total cost of the procedure. We can discuss this with you when you arrange your consultation with us.

Understanding the Breakdown of Tummy Tuck Costs

With this article, we hope to deliver you a thorough understanding of the different cost components of the procedure, preparing you completely for the abdominoplasty process. During your consultation, a member of Dr Tavakoli’s team will meet with you to discuss what you can expect, giving you a more accurate cost forecast at this stage.

To arrange a consultation and begin the process, get in touch today. To find out more about the breakdown of costs for a tummy tuck operation, read on.

Which Different Costs are Involved in a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

A tummy tuck is a relatively straightforward procedure which produces great results for thousands of women across Australia every year. However, there are many different individuals, treatment venues, and equipment pieces, involved in the process. The costs of these separate components soon begin to add up. In this section, we will examine some of the different components of the cost, helping you to get to grips with what you can expect. The main breakdown of the different costs is as follows:

Surgeon and assistant surgeon

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, and so a surgical team is required if the right results are to be achieved. This team will include the surgeon – Dr Tavakoli – and his assistant, but may require additional assistant surgeons.

While a tummy tuck is not a particularly difficult or complex operation, it still must be treated with extreme care. Any surgery in the abdomen must be approached carefully and methodically, to prevent damage to any of the organs or tissues found in that area. This is why working with an experienced surgical team like the one used by Dr. Tavakoli is so important. This will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that everything is being taken care of. Of course, this may come with a slightly increased price tag when compared with the services of less experienced teams.


The average tummy tuck procedure takes three to four hours, and it is important that you are adequately anaesthetised at all times during the process. This ensures that you are comfortable and pain-free throughout.

This requires the services of a qualified anaesthetist, and Dr Tavakoli and the team only work with the very best operatives in this field. Use of the anaesthetist incurs a charge, and this fee will increase the longer the anaesthetist is working on the procedure. A common fee for a highly qualified anaesthetist is up to $2000

Use of the theatre

Dr Tavakoli works only with the best surgical theatres, ensuring that you are treated in an environment which supports the outcomes you hope to achieve from the procedure. You are required to stay in hospital for 3 nights to ensure your comfort and to provide adequate monitoring post op.

This is included in the total cost of the tummy tuck / abdominoplasty process.


Consultations are an important part of the tummy tuck process, as they give Dr Tavakoli and his team the chance to understand precisely what the patient wants to achieve from the procedure. They also provide an important point of contact between you and the medical professionals you will be working with, giving you the chance to ask any questions which might be on your mind.

Consultation and aftercare also continue after the process is complete, with post checkups. These are critical to the success of the procedure, as they allow for continued assessment, securing the best results and a safe and satisfactory conclusion to treatment.

Garments and Equipment

There is a wide range of different pieces of equipment used in a tummy tuck procedure, and the cost of this is factored into the total fee for the surgery. In addition, you will have to wear support garments as you recuperate following your tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck FAQ

  1. How much does a tummy tuck cost?
    The cost of an abdominoplasty / tummy tuck procedure can vary due to a number of factors, including whether liposuction and hernia repair are required. We can discuss this with you at your consultation.
  2. How long is the recovery for a tummy tuck?
    You will be able to drive as soon as 10 to 14 days following your operation, and can resume normal activities within three to four weeks, although heavy lifting should not be attempted for four weeks.
  3. When can I go back to the gym?
    You can resume moderate gym work as early as three weeks following surgery.
  4. Do you offer scar treatment?
    Yes, Dr Tavakoli’s service includes the latest vascular and CO2 laser treatment to treat scars if needed.
  5. Do I need to wear a garment after the surgery?
    Yes, you need to wear a post-operative garment for six weeks following the surgery.

Ready to get started? Call today to book your consultation session.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.